Sport Ranking SEC coaches: Nick Saban welcomes new challengers to his kingdom

18:49  13 june  2018
18:49  13 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Sporting News ranked the FBS coaches from 1-130, and now it's time to take a closer look at the SEC.

No. 1 shouldn't be hard to figure out: That's Alabama's Nick Saban, who has led the Crimson Tide to five national championships and is our top overall coach for the third consecutive year.

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What's different in 2018? The SEC has seven different names on this list, including Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher, one of only four active FBS coaches with a national championship. Georgia's Kirby Smart also made a big move up the rankings.

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But I think my relationship with Coach Saban , with Nick Saban , is excellent. He's truly a mentor of mine.” McElwain won the SEC East in his first year at Florida, while Michael Haywood, Saban 's former running backs and 'Moor Cowbell': MSU Embraces New Head Coach . College Football.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has led his college football teams to five national Saban could not bear mediocrity, even if it was in the professional ranks as opposed to coaching a He has also amassed six Southeastern Conference ( SEC ) championship titles, only losing one

Sorting out the SEC coaching ranks is traditionally the most difficult task when ranking Power 5 coaches, and this year was no different. With that in mind, a look at our SEC coach rankings:

14. Matt Luke, Ole Miss

Overall: 66

Record: 6-6

Lowdown: This ranking might be unfair, given how Luke guided the program through an impossible transition from the Hugh Freeze era, and on an interim basis. Luke earned the chance to lead the program, but more bumps are coming in 2018.

13. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State

Overall: 65

Record: 0-0

Lowdown: Moorhead is the most intriguing SEC hire, given no apparent ties to the region, but he's already made in-state recruiting waves. Moorhead's innovative offense was a hit at Fordham and Penn State, and it will be interesting to see if that trend continues in 2018.

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12. Chad Morris, Arkansas

Overall: 62

Record: 14-23 (0-0 at Arkansas)

Lowdown: Morris is a player's coach who took the lessons he learned as Clemson's offensive coordinator into an impressive quick remodel at SMU. He's a great fit for Arkansas, but the transition to his offense will take a few recruiting cycles. Expect the Razorbacks to play faster in the future.

11. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt

Overall: 60

Record: 18-31

Lowdown: Vanderbilt jumped out to a 3-0 start last year that included a victory against No. 18 Kansas State, but the Commodores never recovered from a 59-0 defeat against Alabama. Mason has the right attitude for a tough job, and a two-game win streak against Tennessee keeps the fan base happy.

10. Barry Odom, Missouri

Overall: 54

Record: 11-14

Lowdown: Odom was on the hot seat last year before guiding a second-half turnaround that helped put quarterback Drew Lock — who led the nation in touchdown passes — on the national radar. Odom faces a stiff challenging in increasing the program's profile given the early success the Tigers had, but last year was a good building block.

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9. Mark Stoops, Kentucky

Overall: 53

Record: 26-36

Lowdown: It's tough to make headlines while in the shadow of the basketball team, but Stoops has quietly led Kentucky to consecutive 7-6 seasons and a .500 in-conference record. He has recruited well locally and has an opportunity to move up as other SEC East programs transition to new coaches.

8. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee

Overall: 44

Record: 0-0

Lowdown: Pruitt is the toughest SEC coach to rank this year. Tennessee landed Pruitt after a disastrous coaching search, and he takes over a program that has become more punchline than powerhouse. Pruitt's track record of success as a defensive playcaller might do the Vols a lot of good — but we need to see how it looks on the field.

7. Ed Orgeron, LSU

Overall: 36

Record: 31-33, (15-6)

Lowdown: The perception that LSU is headed downhill might be a little unfair to Orgeron, who led the team to a 6-2 SEC record in his first full season as head coach. The problem is, Mississippi State and Alabama were the losses — and you can't lose to Troy at home. The Tigers are up against a tough schedule, too, so the offense needs to show something with graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow.

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6. Will Muschamp, South Carolina

Overall: 32

Record: 43-32 (15-11 at South Carolina)

Lowdown: Muschamp has South Carolina pointed back in the right direction, and this might be South Carolina's best chance to challenge Georgia for SEC East supremacy. Muschamp has learned from his first head coaching stint with Florida, and the Outback Bowl victory against Michigan is an interesting springboard. We're comfortable with his spot here.

5. Dan Mullen, Florida

Overall: 21

Record: 69-46 (0-0 at Florida)

Lowdown: Mullen made the move from Mississippi State to Florida, where the expectations will be higher at an established blue-blood SEC winner. Mullen had a winning record in seven of nine seasons in Starkville, but he won 10 games just one time — and a bad loss to Ole Miss kept the Bulldogs from reaching that mark again last year. That 10-win bar will be part of the ramped-up expectations now.

4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn

Overall: 13

Record: 54-25 (45-22 at Auburn)

Lowdown: You know the drill by now. Malzahn's stock fluctuates with each season, and that often depends on whether Auburn wins the Iron Bowl. He's one of three active coaches with an SEC championship, and the Tigers were the best team in the country at home last year, evidenced by beating two No. 1 teams in Georgia and Alabama in a three-week span. Problem is, they travel to face those opponents in 2018.

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3. Kirby Smart, Georgia

Overall: 5

Record: 21-7

Lowdown: You might think this is too high given Smart has spent just two seasons at Georgia. It's still the right call. Smart, who was Saban's defensive coordinator at Alabama, is building a similar machine through recruiting at Georgia, as shown by an all-time great haul he brought in with the 2018 signing class. The defending SEC champions will be a force to be reckoned with. Smart promised as much in the aftermath of last year's title game loss to Alabama.

2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

Overall: 4

Record: 83-23 (0-0 at Texas A&M)

Lowdown: Fisher is one of four active FBS coaches with a national championship, and he makes the move to a program with sky-high expectations. Fisher needed a change of scenery after finishing 5-6 with Florida State last year, but he'll have to prove it all over again in the SEC West.

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

Overall: 1

Record: 223-63 (132-20 at Alabama)

Lowdown: You know the superlatives by now: five titles in nine years at Alabama, plus another at LSU. Saban again showed his brilliance in January, when — trailing Georgia 13-0 at the half of the national title game — he substituted freshman Tua Tagovailoa in for veteran signal-caller Jalen Hurts. How many coaches make that call? Saban did, and it made the difference in a 26-23 overtime win. Saban's Alabama teams have also won at least 10 games every year from 2008 onward. The scary part? Saban, who turns 67 on Halloween, isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

In Nick Saban’s quirky basketball league, he makes up rules and (almost) always wins .
"It was not unusual to walk out of there bleeding."To the Alabama football coach - who's coming off his fifth national championship with the Crimson Tide and sixth overall - N.B.A. stands for Noontime Basketball Association, which Saban created and currently runs. Saban's rules are pretty simple: It's four-on-four, they play to 11 and a team has to win by two.

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